Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday-Hamburger, noodles, and corn casserole
Wednesday-Tacos with cornbread
Christmas Eve-Grilled ham and cheese sandwhiches or something with ham...we have the Christmas program to get to.
Christmas- More ham, scalloped or cheesey potatoes, and many other wonderfully, yummy foods at our house as long as we don't have to reschedule due to snow. : ) Who am I kidding! We'll still eat even if it is only the three of us!
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real
3. When do you put up the tree? Sooner the better after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? Soon after New Years
5. Do you like eggnog? Doesn’t even sound good
# 6 is missing!!! Where did it go?
7. Hardest person to buy for? My nieces
8. Easiest person to buy for? Kurt
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Two
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Best Christmas gift you ever got? Wierdest I could answer, probably the KitchenAid mixer Kurt had me go get for myself last week.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Of course!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Everything...candy, cookies, carmel corn!
16. Lights on the tree? Yes
17. Favorite Christmas song? Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Go Tell it on the Mountain...I could go on and on....
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Depends...does driving 40 minutes count?
19. Can you name all of Santa's deer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen… Rudolph
20. Tree top? The angel which for some reason is not lit up.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning: Santa doesn't come until you're in bed so AM
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Using the word xmas...that annoys me to no end and calling it Holiday this, Holiday that...it's Christmas if you're not a believer then get over it but don't ruin my Christmas.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? No theme, but I like my clear lights with my different ornaments
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Spiral-sliced Ham with scalloped potatoes!
25. What do you want to do for Christmas this year? Actually be able to enjoy it.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Now I think Kurt is asleep on the couch and it is time to go out for the last milking. I have an internal conflict going on in my head on nights like this. I could go out and start milking because the sooner I get the sooner you get in. Or I could nudge him to make room for me and go and fall asleep for an hour or so. Pick your poison. Yawn and brrrr.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Today I am at work. There wouldn't be much going on today since we are suppose to get a foot of snow between today and tomorrow. Our bins are also full of corn so not much can happen. So I sit in my chair and hold down the place. That's why they pay me. The nice thing about coming to work is I can get things done here that I wouldn't make time for at home. Before I quit working off the farm, I always reconciled my checkbook and paid bills at work. Because I had idle time and I figure whatever I can get done at work leaves me more time for the fun stuff at home. Like dishes, sweeping, cooking supper you know that fun stuff!
I give a lot of food gifts and I need to figure out how much I need to make and who is receiving the goods. A Christmas card list would be helpful. My husband thinks I should get those done soon. I would prefer to get the tree decorated first. My daughter is dying to decorate it but I need Kurt's help with lights. Last night I was suppose to get that done, but Kurt got in late and ugh it was a late night. We fell asleep on the couch until 11:30 and we still had to milk yet. I got about five hours of sleep so I know tonight I am going to be sleepy. There probably is not going to be school in the morning and there will be snow to plow. The sooner we get to bed the better since I'm sure it will be a long day Wednesday. Yippee. Wednesday night we have a banquet to go to. Last year we had a ton of snow and no school the day of the banquet. This year we have to drive further than a mile and a half but I'm sure all will go well.
Thursday we will be going over to our neighbor's during their night milking. We offered to milk for them Friday night since they have a wedding reception to go to. This is probably the thing I am looking the least forward to, but I like helping. Hopefully I do not have to work this weekend. It is going to be a high in the teens on Thursday and Friday and the lows around 3. The snow looks pretty coming down right now. Stay warm and warm up those shovels!
Yesterday-Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn (squash would have been really good with it but I did not have any)
Tuesday- Turkey either sandwiches or with dressing, potatoes, and veggies
Wednesday- Holstein banquet
Thursday- Tacos and cornbread
Friday- Hamburgers, french fries, and baked beans
Friday, December 4, 2009
Canned biscuits-I used Grands
6-8 eggs scrambled-soft set
your favorite cooked meats and veggies in bite-size pieces
Spray an 11x15 baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Press biscuits across the bottom to form a crust. I had two leftover biscuits but that will vary depending on how think you make your crust. Take a fork and poke holes all over crust to aerate it. This is done so the crust cooks all the way through and is not soggy. I do this with homemade pizza crust. Spread almost cooked scrambled eggs over crust then top with your veggies and meat. Last lightly sprinkle cheese over the top. A little goes a long way.
Put this in a preheat 375 degree oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it because cooking time depends on the thickness of your crust and you don't want the cheese to get too brown. I hope you enjoy this. For more recipes go on over here!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
These are soybeans up close and ready to be taken off. A month ago these lovely, profitable legumes were taken off so we could cash in.
And this one and others like it...I was going to take a pictures of a cow having a calf yesterday. She had the front legs out to the knees so I went to the house to get my camera. I came back out and all but the hips were out. Usually they are a bit pokey about pushing.
The day we combined our corn we borrowed a set of wagons which I went to go pickup in town. I didn't see them at the mill where they were suppose to be left so I went and got lunch. Then brought it out to the yahoos (Kurt and his friend Andy) in the combine. That's when I saw the set of wagons. Signed, sealed, and delivered...I think they just wanted me to go get them lunch.
This was scene throughout the day. Kurt racing down the driveway with his loads of corn.
You know I started this post Tuesday Dec 1st. We had a mound septic put in and the turkeys cut the power when I was working on it. No warning. Everything went blank and quiet. I have recipe I have been working on since many Fridays ago. Maybe you will the recipe soon rather than later : )
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wisconsin leads the nation in production of corn silage. Go corn silage!
Poor Kurt. It was windy and cold and his vest is too big for him. At least it kept him warm, but he sure looks poofy.
I was looking for Kurt and couldn't figure out where he was. Then I looked up and there he was. Sixty feet up on top of the silo.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Because it's raining the combines are not running and if they are not running, that eliminates 90% of my job. I brought my farm bookwork to do. I have July to the current bookwork to do. I actually finished July and am rewarding myself to surf the internet for awhile. Kurt the brat is napping. How dare he without me! He used to come and have lunch with me or take me out for lunch. This was before we were married or milking three times a day. I think I might ask him to take me out today. That's fair right? I could really go for some perch. That is a popular thing to do on a Friday is to have fish, Catholic or not. Not I am and I love perch. If taking me out to lunch does not fly with him, and it might not because the hoof trimmer is coming at 1:30pm. With the rain hoof trimming will probably be cancelled and Kurt will be free...to nap some more. Jerk. I guess he deserves it...today.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Here is what I have planned for supper around here...
Chili and cornbread
Smoked sausage, potatoes, and a veggie
Pancakes and bacon
Hamburgers, flavored noodles, and a veggie
Poorman's lobster (from last week)
Pork chops with gravy, potatoes, and a veggie
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Last week we were kind of naughty. Well I was naughty. I go through these streaks where I can not cook. Just the thought of it makes me freak out. It kind of comes and goes with my cycle...aren't you glad you know that! It's like clockwork every other month or two I hit a serious rut. This week I can't afford to be so lazy. So I buckling down and cooking if I like it or not. I do like to cook but part of my brain last week was not into it at all.
Monday-Scalloped potatoes and ham (FREE Sara Lee : ) ), peas, and more carbs-bread
Tuesday-Leftovers and Kurt has his Holstein meeting-they are having barbeques and lots of other goodies...if I didn't have to milk I would go to. I was invited but I do have a sleeping little girl who I can't leave home either. Next time!
Wednesday-Swiss Steak with mashed potatoes (from last week)
Thursday-One Dish Supper (from last week)
Friday-Poorman's Lobster, french fries, coleslaw, rye bread
You'll notice there are potatoes galore in our plan this week. My mom brought me a 50 pound bag and she has another 50 pounder for me too. I want to get a jump start on them because believe it or not it takes awhile to eat 100 pounds of potatoes.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Other people I talked to along with my midwife told me they had similiar issues and it was Plantar Fasciitis. My midwife told me going barefoot was a big no-no. She also suggested going to a podiatrist. I'm not into running to the doctor so I never did. My midwife's podiatrist made her a special arch support for her shoe. I ended up buying some Dr. Scholls arch supports. They felt like they did something but not much. Meanwhile the pain in my feet was getting more painful. In the insides of my foot it just ached like crazy. If I stood too long, they were really screaming for mercy. I bought Dr. Scholls gel arch supports. These felt a little better. I got two pair so I could have one in my barn shoes and tennis shoes. About three weeks ago, I got new barn shoes. My feet were in a lot of pain with my other ones. I think I had size 9.5 or 10 in womens. Get this. My new shoes are a size 10 in mens. My feet are humongous. But apparently you are not suppose to be able to feel the inside of the shoes with your toes, who know?!
After I got the new shoes, I was still tempted to call a doctor for an appointment. I actually started mentioning it to Kurt that I should maybe make an appointment. I was in a lot of pain and going to the doctor was the last resort in my book. I was taking Advil and Excedrin when I needed it as well. Kurt finally said its that pop your drinking. I only drink a can a day. On a bad day I have three but usually it is a can a day. I was so sick of my feet bothering I said, "Fine. You want me to quit? I will." And I did. I even had bought three 12-packs the week before because they were on sale. Oh well.
I quit two and half weeks ago. I started drinking regular pop but it is just too sweet. So instead of opening a can I have bought 2-liters. I don't even drink a can equivalent a day. Oh and the most important part. My feet are feeling so much better! It is amazing! I barely hobble around when I get up in the morning. I can go barefoot in the house for awhile without feeling slightly crippled. It is great. I am hoping I can quit drinking pop all together, but one step at a time.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I never liked to nap before because it seemed like I could be doing something more constructive with my time. Now it is a necessity. Around 10:30 I have a hard time functioning unless I have had a large amount of sleep banked. Because I usually get to be between 11 and midnight and I have to be up at 5. I know they recomment eight hours of sleep in a row, but I'm thinking I could only do seven. Wow, seven hours sounds awesome! Someday....ahhhh. Kurt and I went away last year for two and half days (another wow!) and we always woke up around seven. I tried really hard to sleep longer but I just could not do it. Darn you routine! So back to my napping problem. It seemed like I was not getting much done. Yesterday I started out real strong and had two loads of laundry hung out but by 11 I was beat. I have a goal now each day to atleast accomplish one room or a project besides the normal dishes and laundry. Somedays thats about all I can handle.
My blog friend Miriam had an awesome giveaway back in April which I won. It was a copy of the book More Hours in My Day by Emilie Barnes. There are a lot of great tools and ideas in that book which I have tried to implement for my own routine. My best advice is to make a list and if you need to nap atleast the list can help you stay on track. Hopefully when I start working again I will have a really nice system because there is not going to be time for naps. I will be the energizer bunny that gets to bed before 11 or gets up after 5 maybe around 6 : )
I have a list to make for today. Checkbook to balance, bills to pay, shower to take, three loads of laundry to fold....four actually. I like to fold laundry while I watch TV that way atleast I'm getting something done. That rain sure makes a girl sleepy and the furnace just kicked on! Bad combination! I also forgot to mention...my naps have been running atleast 2 hours to 3 hours long. That is not really a nap then is it? Or just a really long nap?
Monday, October 5, 2009
I am feeding six calves milk. They drain the life out of me. No, it's not that bad. I think I am being overly dramatic now. Poor Meghan. Since I feel I have not been too social lately I will tell you their names. IBNawty (I Be Naughty) the first baby born Aug 28, Lily Sept 4, Mania Sept 14 (or 16), I-SIS (not sure how to spell it but Mac named her), Mint, and a calf who was born Friday who's name is Shake. There are two more calves to be born this month and I believe about seven more before the end of the year. We feed our calves milk for two months which makes the feeding a little more involved.
I am also going back to my old job at the coop where I ran the grain office of a satellite location. It's a seasonal job and hopefully I should make some money. It is always about the money. Currently I am in limbo. It is a place I do not like to be. I do not know when I am starting which means I basically have to be prepared to start at a moments notice. So mentally my mind went about two weeks ago. The last week and half I have finally gotten with it and accomplished a few tasks. I have a few things I would like to have done before starting...bookwork, filing done, paperwork for a loan, hemming Mac's jeans (2 of the 3 are done), getting the house cleaned up for fall, and making a stockpile of baked goods for my husband. Another thing about the sewing machine. I bought it last year and am slowing getting the hang of it. I think the more I do on my own the less frightening it will be. Genius. We also have the heat on. It was 60 degrees in here last week. We turned it up to 64 and the other day I got crazy and turned it up to 66. But it is back down to 64 because I got a little too warm. : ) I better go make some chocolate chip bars and puppy chow during the game.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Does anyone else have a child that hides food or the wrappers from food? Last night she threw a granola bar wrapper behind the TV stand. Unless we have a ghost she had food all over the living room last night when I came in at 11pm. My husband was in the shower and tried to wake my little darling from a dead sleep to make her pick it up. Oh I was so irritated. It was like she took half the box of Lucky Charms and dumped them all over the carpet. It's shag carpeting...no lie. Plus she has a box of beads to make bracelets and necklaces and a good handful of them were in the carpet as well. I don't get it. I don't take my food and throw it all over and hide candy bar wrappers under the recliner. Then I saw a tube of Go-gurt empty on the floor in front of the chair. I'm done buying that stuff. I am just a wee bit frustrated with her.
Kurt is out in the barn pulling a calf. I am feeding five heifer calves right now. He's back in and she had a bull calf. That is okay by me. As long as I get a good price for him, when we sell him on Monday. I have been saving my bull calf money for Christmas. $42 so far. If I get that much or more for each calf, I should be okay.
I better go get some bills paid. Maybe tomorrow I will be someone where I can buy a camera battery. I'll try and get back on track.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Reason 2-Modelling the Build-a-Bears
Reason 3-An actual bear from Build-a-Bear...dressed.
Hello, I hijacked my mom's camera and take ridiculous pictures of my animals and the TV...you don't even want to go there.
Friday, September 4, 2009
At seven years old, she is a moody little girl. The last two days were awful getting her out the door. My head is starting to hurt thinking about it. For Kurt, it is a completely different story. She purrs like a kitten for him.
Monday, August 31, 2009
We are experiencing some rather chilly temperatures here in WI. A cool 40 degrees this morning. I almost put a headband (to go around my ears) on before I went out to the barn. Tomorrow is the first day of school somehow I feel unprepared. I'm not sure why. Most of my responsibilities end at the driveway once she is on the bus. Today we go bring her supplies in and meet her teacher who is a man. I never had a male for a teacher until I was in sixth grade. Except for gym and art teachers I had all female elementary teachers and there was only one male fifth grade teacher. So here goes nothing!
Monday-Milwaukee style pork chops
Wednesday-Hotdogs, we are going to a classification party (in a barn so there will be food)
Thursday-Kurt's birthday beef tips over noodles
Friday-Chicken stir fry (from last week)
Saturday-Hamburgers and sweet corn
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I hope she has a kind heart like this always because she is one of my best gifts. Thanks for the package of Oreos and the cartoon picture of a buttcrack on my birthday card making a "wisecrack" about my age. You are a funny kid and you make me laugh. Please stay seven forever for me!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Here goes my father-in-law driving the swather.
Picture far away sorry...there is a large reel on the front that cuts the oats at the stem and lays them in a pretty row. This allows them to be combined which is how we harvest oats.
See the big reel. It is a dirty, dirty job driving the swather. Oats are also very itchy. I can not explain it. But it is one of the reason why I did not go traipsing across the rows, for a closer shot. Me lazy girl. Smart girl too.
Corner where you can see the rows going around the field.
A neighbor of ours bought some of our oats right off the field. It is cheaper for someone to buy directly from the producer than a feed mill for example.
Kurt had to make sure he could fit in another load before going out to the field for another.
He eventually had to get a shovel to even out the load. If I remember, we still had some oats run over the one side. That poor guy needs a vacation. He works hard for his money. We are happy to be done with our oats. I'll also add. After the combine goes over the oats, the stem is still left laying on the field. We take our chopper and chopper box and chop the straw. We use it for bedding our cows and young stock. Kurt was able to chop 17 loads off of 20 acres. AWESOME! Last year we had to buy two loads which was expensive. Our chopped straw goes in the upstairs of our barn. It is divided into four sections. There are two hay mows, a shavings (sawdust) mow, and a chopped straw mow. Kurt had the straw mow filled as high as it could be filled. It was not completely empty from last year so we did good.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Two days ago, Brett was officially a Viking. I almost threw up in my mouth. Do I need to say more? I went to college (did not graduate) an hour from the Cities. It was half and half Wisconsin and Minnesota students. We were ten minutes from the border. Oh I miss that area. I do not miss being that close to Viking fans. I went to their website and saw these pictures. Hopefully it is not illegal to borrow a few pics.